6.1 : Electric Utility Energy Consumption




6.1.7 U.S. Electric Power Sector Cumulative Power Plant Additions Needed to Meet Future Electricity Demand (1)
Typical New Number of New Power Plants to Meet Demand
Electric Generator Plant Capacity (MW) 2015 2020 2025 2030 2035
Coal Steam 1,300 7 8 8 8 8
Combined Cycle 540 28 29 43 79 130
Combustion Turbine/Diesel 148 62 105 174 250 284
Nuclear Power 2,236 1 3 3 3 4
Pumped Storage 147 (2) 0 0 0 0 0
Fuel Cells 10 0 0 0 0 0
Conventional Hydropower 20 (2) 20 47 81 125 185
Geothermal 50 9 26 41 62 81
Municipal Solid Waste 50 1 1 1 1 1
Wood and Other Biomass 50 5 5 5 5 6
Solar Thermal 100 9 9 9 9 9
Solar Photovoltaic 150 11 11 13 23 52
Wind 100 123 124 153 182 262
Total 277 372 538 760 1,041
Distributed Generation 148 (3)
Note(s): 1) Cumulative additions after Dec. 31, 2010. 2) Based on current stock average capacity. 3) Combustion turbine/diesel data used.









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EIA, Electric Power Annual 2010, Feb. 2012, Table 1.2 for pumped storage and hydroelectric plant capacity